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NOW AVAILABLE—Meera Lester’s Debut Novel, A BEELINE TO MURDERhttp://tinyurl.com/plxc56c    




ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BEELINE TO MURDER:  Library Journal (April 23, 2015) notes,”Food, of course, remains a tasty high point of cozy mysteries, especially when recipes are included . . . Meera Lester’s engaging debut, A Beeline to Murder (Kensington, Oct.), offers beekeeping, organic gardening, pastry ­baking—and an engaging mystery.” See, http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2015/04/books/genre-fiction/mystery/not-your-usual-suspects-genre-spotlight-mystery/


“A mystery featuring a lady cop turned farmer who can’t help digging up clues? What fun!” —Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries


“Ex-cop Abby Mackenzie may have traded her badge for a garden hoe and a beekeeper’s hood, but danger and crime won’t leave her alone. Beekeeping and garden tips, yummy recipes, and a darling dog named Sugar give this honey of a debut a special flavor that will leave readers buzzing happily.”—Leslie Budewitz, Agatha Award-winning author of the Spice Shop Mysteries


This fun cozy mystery brings a triple treat: a California wine country setting, a touch of romance with a handsome Frenchman, and country hints and recipes from the writer’s own farmette.”—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness Mysteries


A Beeline to Murder is a must-read for anyone who loves animals and enjoys a crime-fighting romp that blends rescue and romance, with an irresistible woman-plus-pooch sleuth duo leading the way.”—Katerina Lorenzatos Makris, author of the Island Secrets Mysteries and co-author of Your Adopted Dog



“Lester’s novel is a fun read with some eccentric and intriguing characters who all seem equally as likely to be capable of committing a gruesome murder…A thrilling page-turner that just can’t be put down.”– RT Book Reviews



Read the October 2015 issue of GRAND magazine to learn how Meera orchestrated a career transition from writing nonfiction books into novels after moving from Miami and buying a rundown farmette in the San Francisco Bay Area. And there’s a bonus–her original recipe for homemade gluten free granola. Check it out. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20150910_v3/index.php#/17


See “A Glimpse into Abigail Mackenzie’s Day” (protagonist of A Beeline to Murder) and book giveaway in the September 28 issue of Dru’s Book Musings at http://drusbookmusing.com



My novels are crafted in the style of the cozy, initially made famous by Agatha Christie. The Henny Penny Farmette series features sleuth Abigail Mackenzie, former cop turned farmette owner, who struggles to make a go of a run-down property by selling honey from her beehives, heirloom organic fruits and vegetables, and eggs. And occasionally, she also does part-time investigative work for the local district attorney’s office in idyllic Las Flores. When murder comes to their small town, Abby and her adopted dog Sugar often find themselves embroiled in the case, helping the cops sniff out the killer’s identity, while the town copes with its loss.




I also blog about living close to the earth, growing organic foods, caring for honeybees and chickens, making jams, recycling materials (instead of dumping them into landfills), and sustainable living on my Henny Penny Farmette.com website. I blog regularly about the life I’m now living on a half acre of land in an inland valley east of the San Francisco Bay. The blog is chocked full of recipes, photos, gardening tips, almanac sayings, and much more. The adventures and misadventures of daily life on the farmette provide plenty of material for my frequent blogs. See, http://www.hennypennyfarmette.com


Perhaps you are writing a mystery, too. I enjoy working with aspiring authors who might benefit from a professional critique of their current writing projects or would like help in developing a nonfiction book, novel, or screenplay. Just send me an email to meeralester1@gmail.com.




Click here: http://www.hennypennyfarmette.com. Or locate me on LinkedIn, find me on Facebook, or track me on Twitter.



Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 by Meera Lester




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